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Stamford Woman Mauled By Chimp Seeks Permission To Sue State

Stamford's Charla Nash is appealing to state lawmakers in an effort to sue the state for $150 million after being mauled by a friend's chimpanzee in 2009.
Stamford's Charla Nash is appealing to state lawmakers in an effort to sue the state for $150 million after being mauled by a friend's chimpanzee in 2009. Photo Credit: Flickr user Chris Potter

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford woman who was mauled by a friend's chimpanzee in 2009 is trying to get Connecticut lawmakers to green-light a $150 million lawsuit against the state, according to CBS Connecticut.

Charla Nash sent a video to the members of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee in which she makes the claim the state had the authority to seize the chimpanzee from her friend, thereby avoiding the tragedy altogether, CBS Connecticut reported.

Nash, who is now 60, was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after the attack.

In most cases, the state can not be sued unless an exception is made by the claims commissioner, but the legislative panel is scheduled to meet Friday to hear testimony on a bill that would override the commissioner's dismissal of Nash's case, CBS Connecticut said.

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